Henrikki Liimatainen

PhD (tech)
Professor, Head of the Research Unit
Novel nanostructured lignocellulose materials

Fibre and Particle Engineering
Faculty of Technology

Professor Henrikki Liimatainen is head of the Fiber and Particle Engineering Research Unit (approx. 75 persons) and leads Nanostructured Lignocelluloses Research Team (approx. 20 persons).

His research focuses on preparing nano-scale, functional building blocks from nature/biogenic lignocellulose materials using green approaches and fabrication of hierarchical and assembled/hybrid designs with advanced properties – Special focus is on novel architectures and functionalities and materials´ (smart & responsive) interaction with surroundings (fluids, gases, EM radiation) i) Green fabrication of hierarchical nanohybrid materials (nanocellulose/lignin combined with organic & polymeric/metal/inorganic/biomedical etc. materials (material chemistry; nanomaterial science; DES) ii) Addressing the structure and fundamental behavior and characteristics of materials iii) Applications in green electronics, process and environmental and biomedical fields

Examples of research topics: new nanostructured biomaterials and chemicals derived from lignocelluloses - especially fabrication of nano- and microcelluloses, their 1D, 2D and 3D hybrid structures with inorganics/biomaterials: Filaments, films and barriers, aerogels, filters and membranes, nanopapers, smart and responsive materials, green electronics, biomedical applications and templated structures. Colloidal behaviour of lignocellulosic nanoentities and their use as a novel class of bionanochemicals: adsorbents, flocculation agents, surfactants, emulsifiers. Deep eutectic solvents and periodate oxidation in cellulose modification.

Research interests

  • Nanostructured biomaterials
  • Designing of 1D, 2D and 3D hierarchical structures of lignocelluloses
  • Nano- and microcelluloses
  • Hybrid materials based on nanostructured lignocelluloses for biomedical, green electronics, environmental, catalytic etc. purposes
  • Self-assembly, stimuli response and colloidal interactions of lignocelluloses
  • Bionanochemicals: adsorbents, surfactants, emulsions, flocculants
  • Deep eutectic solvents in biomass modification

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